Main opposition Malawi Congress Party (MCP) and its parliamentary bedfellow, the People's Party (PP) have openly told President Peter Mutharika and his government to resign for failing to solve myriad economic problems.
Speaking at the just ended high-level conference of civil rights and religious leaders and academics, who met in Blantyre under the aegis of the quasi-religion Public Affairs Committee (PAC), MCP publicist Jessie Kabwila did not mince words: "He (President Mutharika) must resign. He has completely failed Malawians."
Kabwila added: "Unfortunately his incompetence is costing lives of Malawians. Malawians no longer want him."
She said the acute food shortages, the ailing economy and other problems rocking the country is a clear indication that Mutharika and his Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) government are "clueless" on how to run the affairs of the country.
Kabwila said: "For us, there are no words to say--the DPP has failed miserably, we don't need a microscope to see... We are in a crisis."
PP vice president Kamlepo Kalua and party publicist Ken Msonda also asked for the immediate resignation of the President and his government, saying every Malawian knows that his administration has completely failed the nation.
"As People's Party, we demand immediate release of the maize if at all they have it... We are giving them 30 days, if they don't have food in Admarc markets, government should step down because it has failed Malawians," said Msonda.
Kalua said Mutharika should "pack up and go"
He said: "We are giving him 90 days to resign because all these problems it is because of Professor Peter Mutharika. He has failed in two years to manage the economy, he has failed to show leadership, he is ruling this country by remote [control]."
However government spokesman Jappie Mhango said in an interview at the conference that Kabwila, Kalua and Msonda were over excited, overzealous and probably constipated.
"You cannot take Kabwila, Msonda or Kamlepo serious, they are jokers," said Mhango.
"The President cannot resign and will never think of it. Everyone knows that the problems facing Malawi are not manmade and this government is doing all it can to deal with them and very soon all the problems will go," he said.
Mhango defiantly said MCP and PP should be prepared to be in opposition for lengthy period.
"The DPP government will be there until 2019. We will renew our mandate for next five years to 2014 to be in power. Tough luck MCP and PP," Mhango told Nyasa Times.
PAC spokesperson Father Peter Mlomole said calls for the resignation of the President were individual or party sentiments, saying PAC is yet to release its resolutions and recommendations.
Mulomole, a Catholic priest, also dismissed press and social media reports that the Catholic Church was against the meeting, saying to the contrary, it had the blessing of the largest and influential church in Malawi as evidenced by the attendance to the meeting of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi general secretary Henry Saindi.